Bournemouth East by-election, 1977

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The Bournemouth East by election was a by election for the Parliament of the United Kingdom held on 24 November 1977 after the resignation of John Cordle following his criticism by a Select Committee for business links to corrupt architect John Poulson.

Cordle had been elected in the October 1974 General Election for the Conservative Party with a majority of 10,661 over the Liberal Party.

Results[edit]

Bournemouth East by-election, 1977[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative David Atkinson 15,235 63.41 +11.65
Labour Joseph Goodwin 3,684 15.33 -5.64
Liberal Donald Matthew 3,212 13.37 -11.85
New Britain John Pratt 1,127 4.69 N/A
National Front Kenneth McKilliam 725 3.02 +0.96
International Marxist Brian Heron 494 1.4 N/A
Democratic Monarchist, Public Safety, White Resident Bill Boaks 42 0.17 N/A
Majority 11,551 47.1 +20.6
Turnout 24,025 42.6
Conservative hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Bournemouth East
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Conservative John Cordle 20,790 51.76 +1.56
Liberal G. K. Musgrave 10,129 25.22 -4.03
Labour D. E. Lock 8,422 20.97 +4.27
National Front M. Hayes 828 2.06 +0.09
Majority 10,661 26.54 +5.59
Turnout 40,149 70.46 -8.14
Conservative hold Swing N/A

Outcome[edit]

David Atkinson served in Parliament until the 2005 General Election when he stood down. He was succeeded by retired Army Major Tobias Ellwood, who was also returned for the Conservative Party.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1977 By Election Results". Archived from the original on 2013-10-12. Retrieved 2015-09-17.